About Us

Our History

Rockdale is a registered social landlord  and has been supporting older people in Sevenoaks since 1953. Today it is home to over 200 residents in a range of sheltered accommodation and residential care. Whether you opt to rent or purchase your property, or move to our residential home, you will be part of a welcoming community nestled in the centre of Sevenoaks Town. For many of our residents the knowledge that our staff are on site 24-hours a day brings peace of mind so that they can enjoy their retirement.

We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation which enables us to keep Rockdale affordable for all and any profits are invested back into the Association and not to shareholders. We are governed by a Board of Trustees which ensures that Rockdale adheres to its values and principles of providing the best, affordable housing to older people in Sevenoaks.

Originally set up by a pioneering lady of Sevenoaks, Miss Beatrice Wilson, Rockdale is steadfast is its founding principles which Miss Wilson set out over 60 years ago. Miss Wilson trained as a physiotherapist at St Guys Hospital in London and ran her own clinic on Southpark called The Vitasan. Upon her return from service overseas during the war, whilst still operating her clinic, she raised enough money to purchase Rockdale House (now Laurie House) which she converted into a residential home for the elderly in 1953.

Miss Wilson continued to fundraise further and between 1958-1968 she was able to construct 86 apartments for independent living which our residents continue to enjoy today. She was a truly remarkable woman who has provided so many people with a beautiful home. Today, we continue her efforts by developing the site and upholding her values so that Rockdale will always be a wonderful place to live.

Our Mission and Objectives

Rockdale’s mission is to provide housing, care and other help for older people which they can afford, and which will enable them to maintain or improve their quality of life. Its objectives are:

Our Senior Staff

Anita Cleugh
Chief Executive

As the Association’s Chief Executive, Anita has the overall responsibility for the management of every aspect of Rockdale’s work, reporting to the Board of Trustees. Anita joined Rockdale in June 2016 with a background in Housing and a wealth of experience within the housing sector having worked for both small and larger Housing Associations previously.

Racheal O'Neill
Head of Maintenance

Racheal is the Head of Maintenance and is responsible for the management of routine maintenance, planned maintenance projects, refurbishments, gardens & grounds and all aspects of Health & Safety.

Racheal joined Rockdale in April 2018 and has a background in Project Management in both Finance & Construction.

Sue Baxter
Head of Finance

Sue lives in Sevenoaks and has worked in Finance at Rockdale since 2011, with a recent promotion to Head of Finance.

Sue is a chartered accountant, having worked in senior positions for more than 20 years, with a specialism in not for profit organisations and audit.

Jo-Ann Davis
Registered Manager, Rockdale House

Jo-Ann is an accomplished senior manager with seventeen years of senior experience within the social care sector. Jo-Ann has expertise in establishing effective operational systems recognised during CQC inspections, as well as by internal and external providers. Aiming to deliver exceptional customer service, Jo-Ann has a career record of surpassing customer and organisational expectations.

Claire Billis
Head of Housing

Claire Billis joined Rockdale Housing in June 2020 in the role of Head of Housing and is responsible for delivering a Housing Management service that is supportive for its customers. Before joining Rockdale Housing Claire worked for a number of Social Housing Providers in a variety of roles, spanning 25 years. Claire spent the last 14 years working at Clarion Housing where she was primarily responsible for the strategic direction of Housing Services, ensuring the delivery was both innovative and customer focused.

Our Board of Trustees

We are tremendously grateful to our Board of Trustees who work entirely on a voluntary basis, and are responsible for formulating the Association’s policy and monitoring its work. Many of them have impressive professional backgrounds which brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organisation.

Members of the Board

Ian Grattidge – Chair Patricia Smith
Jim Latheron Jane Budack
David McKee Jill Griffiths
Gillian Shepherd-Coates Sarah Heilbron
Roland Courtney